Fire danger concerns became elevated the weekend of March 4th with conditions worsening by Monday March 6th. The extreme fire danger was the result of very strong southwest to northwest winds in excess of 50 mph along with very low relative humidity values, sometimes as low as 5%. Several large grass fires affected central and south central Kansas starting Saturday March 4th with a couple of these continuing through Monday March 6th.
Two of the most impacted areas were just south of Wilson Lake, where on March 6th, residents were evacuated from the town of Wilson as fires approached from the northwest. Residents were eventually allowed back to their homes later that night. Another large grass fire started north of Hutchinson on Sunday March 5th but was around 90% contained by the early afternoon hours of Monday March 6th. However, the fire rapidly sparked back up early Monday evening as winds flipped around to the northwest and relative humidity values plummeted. This forced evacuations of around 10,0000 people from areas north of Hutchinson including the far northern portions of the town.
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